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Mr. Maresh from Meriden CT is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

I Can't Find My Homework

Help me give my students the supplies they need to get organized and keep track of their work in the classroom.

  • $684 goal

This project expired on April 5, 2019.

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My Students

The majority of the students in our school are disengaged students from low-income, urban families. The reasons for disengagement run the gamut from anxiety about learning to trauma in their lives. These issues have impacted their ability to learn, stay motivated or maintain focus in their work.

We serve at risk students in an urban high school from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

As a teacher, I try to maintain a welcoming environment for my students. This involves building strong relationships with them, providing them with the support and materials they need to be successful and stay engaged.

My Project

Participation is a major issue with a large portion of my students. It can take as long as 15 minutes to get students actively engaged in a classroom activity or assignment. Often times this disengagement can be attributed to a students ability to keep their work organized. Many students do not know where to begin. I would like to give my students a place in my classroom where they can organize their work and store it. I would like them to have dedicated folders for my class that they can personalize and keep with them.

On any given day I will find between five and ten assignments left on a desk or stashed in a drawer, right after the bell rings.

The most common reason I hear..."I didn't want to lose it." When it comes time to hand in an assignment, many students just can't seem to find their work. When a student completes an assignment, but can't find it to turn in, there is a very small chance they would be willing to do it again.

Students find much more success when they can keep track of their assignments. They just need help to get things organized and the materials to get started.

Mr. Maresh
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 120 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmazonBasics Hanging File Folders - Letter Size (25 Pack) - Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $8.99 11 $98.89
Sterilite 16939006 File Crate, Black, 6-Pack • Amazon Business $44.40 2 $88.80
Paper Mate 2003997 InkJoy Gel Pens, Medium Point (0.7mm), Assorted Colors, 36 Count • Amazon Business $39.89 2 $79.78
Smead Two-Pocket Heavyweight File Folder, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 50 per Carton (87863) • Amazon Business $19.26 3 $57.78
Sharpie 1761791 Accent Pocket Highlighters, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colored, 24-Count • Amazon Business $8.06 5 $40.30
Sharpie Permanent Markers Ultimate Collection, Fine and Ultra Fine Points, Assorted Colors, 72 Count • Amazon Business $35.78 1 $35.78
Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker, Black (Canister with 36 Pens) • Amazon Business $16.82 2 $33.64
Post-it Flags Assorted Color Combo Pack, 320 Flags Total, 200 1-Inch Wide Flags and 120 .5-Inch Wide Flags, 4 On-The-Go Dispensers/Pack (683XL1) • Amazon Business $7.59 4 $30.36
Fellowes Workstation Letter Size Desk Tray Organizer, Wire, Black (60112) • Amazon Business $4.08 6 $24.48
Swingline Stapler, 747 Iconic Desktop Stapler 25 Sheet Capacity, Royal Blue (74729) • Amazon Business $12.19 2 $24.38
Post-it Recycled Super Sticky Notes, 2x Sticking Power, 3 in x 3 in, Bora Bora Collection, 24 Pads/Pack (654-24SST-CP) • Amazon Business $16.56 1 $16.56
Universal Paper Clips, Smooth, Size No. 1, Silver, 100/BX, 10 Boxes/Pack (UNV72210) • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
UNIVERSAL OFFICE PRODUCTS 10199VP Mini Binder Clips, Steel Wire, 1/4quot; Capacity, 1/2quot; Wide, Black/Silver, 144/Pack • Amazon Business $4.48 1 $4.48

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